Jeremy welcomes funding boost for schools in Staffordshire

More children across Staffordshire will be able to access a world-class education thanks to a major funding boost. The Government has confirmed schools in Staffordshire will receive 4.34% more funding per pupil next year as part of the recent multi-billion investment in primary and secondary education.

Jeremy has welcomed this new funding and commitment that every secondary school pupil will receive a minimum of £5,000 next year and every primary school pupil will receive a minimum of £4,000 by 2021-22.

This funding follows the Prime Minister’s announcement in August that the budget for schools and high needs would be increased by a total of over £14 billion over three years, rising to £52.2 billion by 2022-23.

The extra money, available from April 2020, will ensure that per-pupil funding for all schools can rise at least in line with inflation and will deliver promised gains in full for areas which have been historically under-funded.

Commenting, Jeremy said: “The 4.34% per pupil funding boost next year will mean that every school in Staffordshire will receive a budget increase, giving teachers, parents and pupils the certainty to plan, and supercharging standards in our schools. This new funding will also target those schools who need support the most need, making sure that every parent can be sure their children are getting a world class education.

"Moving forward, I am pushing for education to be treated in the same way as health, with budgets set over several years rather than on an annual basis. This will enable schools to plan ahead more easily.”